Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

     

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS over the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
100x55x25 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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2.7x smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
185 g vs 306 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$137.49 vs $180.60
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The best price we've seen is $43 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 4.4x
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More than 7.5x more zoom
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths

Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS:3.4 fps
SX150 IS:0.9 fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
500 HS:4.4x
SX150 IS:12x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $180

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$99 - $191

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Pro digicam

$372

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Ultra compact

$68 - $70

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Thickness Is thicker
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$150 - $189

Macro focus Better macro capability
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$245 - $400

Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Touch screen No touch screen
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Ultra compact

$179 - $289

Macro focus Better macro capability
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$149

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$159 - $250

Weight Slightly lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner
Aperture Narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$150 - $248

Battery life Much longer battery life
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Travel zoom

$149 - $179

Battery life Much longer battery life
Weight Lighter
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Super zoom

$207 - $229

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$150 - $246

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$349 - $500

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Significantly larger
Screen size Smaller screen

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